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Chicago . . .
South Side wins bid for Obama Library.
Earlier this year, Chicago’s South Side won the bid for the Barack Obama Presidential Center.  It will go either in Jackson Park or Washington Park.  A decision is not expected until next year, with construction starting after Obama’s term in office, according to the Tribune.  Friends of the Parks were critical of the park district land transfer for the library.  -Leonor Vivance/Redeye – Year in Review, Dec. 23, 2015
National Landmark
In recognition of LGBT Pride month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Henry Gerber House in Chicago has been designated a national historic landmark, becoming the nation’s second LGBT related property to achieve such recognition.  -Matt Simmonette / Windy City Times – 2015: Year in Review, Dec. 23, 2015
HBHC and Gerber/Hart mashup
Officials from Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) and Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, on Sept. 29, announced that HBHC will open a clinic at 6500 N. Clark St. — the address where Gerber/Hart has been the sole tenant since 2013.   -Matt Simmonette / Windy City Times  – 2015: Year in Review, Dec. 23, 2015
Daughters of Bilitis turns 60
The GLBT Historical Society marked the 60th anniversary of the Daughters of Bilitis — the first lesbian organization in the United States — with a reception at the GLBT History Museum on Dec. 13.  The guest of honor was Phyllis Lyon, 91 — the one surviving co-founder.  The complete papers of Lyon and her late partner, Del Martin (1921-2008), are preserved in the GLBT Historical Society’s archives.  The office records of the Daughters of Bilitis are included in the collection.  Color PHOTO:  Painter/photographer Lenore Chinn and Phyllis Lyon.  Photo by Gerard Koskovich.  Windy City Times, Dec. 23, 2015, p. 15.
Today’s Quote:  “As Eva Freund, one of Mattachine’s few lesbians, observed, ‘[Frank] Kameny was the only person I ever encountered who had an overarching perspective, who saw how all the pieces fit together, who knew the things you had to do to make social change happen.’.   p. 161, The Gay Revolution  copyright 2015 by Lillian Faderman.  [courtesy of Bob Witeck, Washington, DC].

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